Snow Trillium - Trillium Nivale
The Trillium nivale or snow trillium belongs to the Melanthiaceae family. The native plant is commonly found throughout the eastern and Midwest regions of the United States and is ideal for ground cover. The plant derives its name from the fact that the plant may bloom while there is still snow on the ground. They are often found in the wild along rivers, in forested areas and on upper bluffs and river banks.
The Trillium nivale flower has three white petals, grows in a tripartite or triangular formation and spans up to two inches across. The flower petals are elliptical and slightly undulated around the edges. The flower forms from a tube at the base. The underside of each flower is often purple. The stamens within the flower are also arched and lance-like in appearance. They may be yellow or red. The plants bloom in the middle of spring, and the blooms last up to two weeks.
Overall, the plants need little care. The happy small plants commonly reseed themselves. However, they may also produce via subterranean rhizomes. Bees help in the pollination process. The soil can be moist to dry and contain loam, gravel and a shallow layer of natural compost. They do not do well in direct sunlight and prefer a bit of shade. Snow trillium also do not stand up well if having to compete for space with other plants.
Trilliums are perennials and grow to heights of up to six inches. Each plant produces one stem that features three oval-shaped, dark green leaves that measure up to 2.5 inches in length. When mature, each stem also provides a single white flower. The stems may stand erect or be slightly arched.
This perennial wildflower is long-lived and can be rare in some areas. It grows best in zones 3-9. It is a small flower but very attractive with white three-leaved blooms. Springtime bloomer. Shady areas are best for this woodland plant, and it will return year after year. This plant ships as a bare root bulb.
Snow Trillium - Trillium Nivale Ship As - Bulb
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